Kenosha Parks Commission approvals signal return of canceled events

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KENOSHA ⏤ Summer 2021 is shaping up to be a return to normal along the Kenosha lakefront concerning summer events after Parks Commission votes Monday night.


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On Monday evening, the Kenosha Parks Commission unanimously approved the locations and times of:

  • The Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade: June 27, Navy Park;
  • Let Freedom Ring: July 4, Pennoyer Park;
  • Tuesdays at the Shell: July 6 – Aug. 31, Pennoyer Park Bandshell;
  • Mt. Carmel ,Church Curbside Summer Food to Go Fundraiser: July 9-11, Columbus Park parking lot;
  • Lincoln Park Live Music Series: Wednesdays ⏤ July 14, July 28 and Aug. 11; Lincoln Park; 
  • Summer Shakespeare Presents: Oedipus Rex event: July 16-18 and July 24-25, Lincoln Park garden and gazebo;
  • And also the Peacetree Music Festival: Aug. 5-8, Pennoyer Park. 
Full Parks Commission agenda item discussion (June 14, 2021)

“I’m happy to say Lincoln Park is going to be hopping that week.”

Katherine Marks, Kenosha Parks Alliance

Parks Commission also approves new events

Along with established events, the Parks Commission also approved a few one-off and possible inaugural events for this summer.

Musicians Assisting Advancing Music will host a celebration of life event for Michael Gniot on July 9 in Pennoyer Park. That event will include entertainment, food vendors and speeches.

Grace Lutheran Church also sought approval for a pastor appreciation church service at the Pennoyer Park Bandshell. That event is scheduled for July 18, and will also feature food vendors and speeches.

The board also gave its final event approval of the night to the Badger Region Volleyball Association. The association plans to use Kennedy Park for a grass volleyball tournament. 

Listen for yourself/alderpersons’ comments

Dist. 3 Ald. Jan Michalski praised Marks and the Kenosha Parks Alliance ⏤ both involved in some capacity with Lincoln Park Live ⏤ for getting the event back up and running, and for keeping the parks beautiful. 

“I’d like to see the work continue, and I’d like to see them recognized for the hard work they have done,” Michalski said.

Dist. 5 Ald. Rocco LaMacchia also doled out praise Monday evening. However, his praise went to his colleagues and city officials.

“Items one through 10 (on our agenda) are all things we’re opening up Kenosha to. And I’m happy to see these going on in the future. 

And to show that we’ve done our due diligence, and I thank the city of Kenosha for doing this.”

Dist. 5 Ald. Rocco LaMacchia

Embedded in the sections above is the audio used to report on last night’s meeting.

Therefore, if you wish to hear more alderpersons’ comments on each event as they gave approval, please, take time to listen.

Below, please find alderpersons’ comments from the end of the Parks Commission meeting on June 14, 2021.

Parks Commission alderpersons’ comments (full audio, June 14, 2021)


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